PHOTO GALLERY | MIAA Division III Golf Tournament held in Great Barrington
GREAT BARRINGTON -- Add cold temperatures to the list of hazards the Lee golf team battled through at Wyantenuck Country Club at the Division III state meet Monday.
Aside from the low 50 degree weather, the Wildcats navigated 18 holes of bunkers and water hazards at the par-70 Wyantenuck course for a team score of 326, placing them sixth out of 12 teams.
Coach Matt Carlino said the course is very challenging.
"There's just some tough holes out there. Up and down off the hills, the greens. Every part of this course is challenging," Carlino said.
Jared Fadding and Andy Consolati led the Wildcats with 79s. Devyn Olds shot an 81, followed by J.T. Brown (87), Thomas Frasier (92) and J.T. Sorrentino (95).
Carlino said he was proud of the way his team performed.
"Of course we could have played better, but it was a great effort and all in all it was a great season -- and a great end," Carlino said.
Seniors Brown, Fadding and Consolati wrapped up their careers as Wildcats. For Fadding, the feeling is bittersweet.
"It's good to go out on a good note and finish strong. But in a way I'm really sad to see my high school years gone," Fadding said. "As a team I wish we could have played better, but under the circumstances we played pretty well."
The team loses the three seniors, but the core of the 13-1 Southern Division championship team returns.
Olds said he expects his young teammates, especially seventh grader Frasier, to improve on this season. If so, the future is bright in Lee.
"We have a lot of young kids on our team that are going to make their way up and be good players," Olds said.
St. Joseph's Andrew Cella also competed at Wyantenuck after qualifying as an individual. Cella shot a 96.
Coach Fran Brilliant said Cella represented his school well with his performance.
"Andy qualifying was really good for the team," Brilliant said. "He's only a sophomore, so this will be a good learning experience for him."
Curtis Bourque of Douglas took the individual title at Wyantenuck. Bourque tied with James Elliot (Pioneer Valley), Will Bertelson (Weston) and Paul Parrish (Dover-Sherborn) with 72s for first place after 18 holes. The foursome played a four-hole playoff and Bourque defeated Elliot for the championship. Elliot said he battled his nerves during the final hole.
"I was terrified. My heart was pounding over each hole -- It was awesome," Elliot said. "I just knew if I kept making pars that would be good enough... and give myself a chance at birdie and see what happens from there."
Weston won the team title with a score of 301, followed by Dover-Sherborn (310), Arlington Catholic (318), Sutton (319), Douglas (321), Lee (326), Trinity Regional (329), Littleton (335), Martha's Vineyard (338), Monomoy (341) and Hopkins Academy (343).
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